Learning Lab

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should apply to the Learning Lab?

Undergraduates who have at least one year of school left before they graduate. We encourage students from all disciplines to apply to this unique program that will build confidence and critical thinking skills, as well as help prepare students for future educational and career goals. Becoming a Learning Lab intern is a great step toward future goals.

How do I apply?

Read through the list of possible collections and select one or two that interest you. Complete the application, which includes a writing short essay on research you would conduct with one or two of the collections you picked. 

How long is this internship?

The internship lasts a full academic year, from August to April. Interns work up to 10 hours a week.

How much does the internship pay?

Interns are paid $8.80/hour.

Do I need to be an honors student to apply?

No. As long as you're intellectually curious, dependable, and interested in archives, we want you to apply.

But I don’t want to be a librarian or archivist. Can I still apply?

Absolutely, and we hope you apply. The internship is meant to introduce students from a wide range of disciplines to Special Collections. During the internship you will learn skills that are applicable in any discipline. 

What will I do as a Learning Lab intern?

You will spend the first semester learning so many things about archives that you never knew! Then you'll dive into your collection and your research, write a conference abstract, and present your scholarly project. We will create a learning community centered around research, helping each other succeed, and growing intellectually and emotionally.

What is a “scholarly project”?

A scholarly project is work that has been produced by a reputable source that lends itself to established research or philosophy. Such projects are thoroughly researched, using the types of primary source materials found in Special Collections. You will study primary source materials in your collection, create your own research path, and then disseminate the results of your research. The project format is only limited by your creativity. Previous interns have created posters and presentations at national and international conferences, exhibitions, library research tools, digital humanities projects, and published peer-reviewed journal articles.

This sounds like a lot of work … is it?

Yes, however, this internship is more than just an average campus job. It is a professional experience for students who want to expand their marketable job skills and receive individual mentoring while forming a supportive peer environment. Interns work with rare and unique historical material to pursue their individual research interests. This is an extraordinary opportunity for a student to network, conduct research in a supportive environment, receive resume and cover letter help, AND we also pay some travel costs for students who are invited to present their scholarly work at conferences.

Learning Lab interns investigating small rare book

Learning Lab interns Quinn Andrews and Elizabeth Massie, Learning Lab 2019-2020, explore a rare book.

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